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stevem.jpgIsn't this what everyone thinks of when they go to the dentist? I mean, my dentist is nice man, late 60's or so, very kind face and gentle voice. But when I think of him, all I see in my mind is Steve Martin. So I was pretty relieved when I went to see the good old Doc today - after a several year absence - that he had not turned into a vicious, sadistic creep.

However, I wasn't too happy with him when he informed me that tomorrow I would begin a three-visit procedure consisting of a root canal, among other things. Sure, the pain will finally be gone, but the pain isn't why I'm close to tears right now.

My dental insurance will cover $385 of the $800 cost of this torture. Ok, I can handle that.

On my way home from the dentist I stop off at the mechanic's to see how he made out with my Explorer, which I dropped off to him this morning. I needed new front brakes. Another 200 bucks.

I get home and my answering machine is blinking. It's my daughter's school with a gentle reminder that I need to cough up the $300 for Nat's trip to D.C. By tomorrow, thank you.

Of course, this happens to be the week that the rent, car insurance and car payment is due. I'm not poor by any means, but it really sucks when all these things come up at the same time. I very rarely use this space to bitch about my life, but I felt compelled to do it now because no one else is home to hear me bitch.

I'm thinking of selling my soul on eBay. That's got to be worth a few hundred bucks, no?

Have I mentioned how much pain I'm in?

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Seeing that photo, I just can't get this out of my mind:

"You'll be a dentist
You have a talent for causing things pain
Son, be a dentist
People will pay you to be inhumane"

Isn't this what everyone thinks of when they go to the dentist?

I think of Larry Olivier in Marathon Man, m'self.

Me, too. I'm waiting until 2004, since I've used all my time off on the lovely wife and the cats so I hae none left for me. There is a local dentist I'm going to try who does sedation dentistry. One pill and you snooze while he corrects decades of problems... Other wise, I have a dental phobia.

I empathize. I need four crowns done, 2 need to be done by December because it will max out my insurance & I still need to come up with $800 of my own money. The 4th one was set incorrectly by my last dentist and she refuses to reimburse me for having to have a whole new one done. So I have to go to a dental peer review to have them make it official so they can get her to reimburse me. Bleah.

I HATE going to the dentist.

I hope you have pain relief soon.

I told a dentist that the novacaine was wearing off and I needed some more because it was starting to hurt (bad!) He replied, "Oh c'mon, you're a big boy, you can handle it."
Last time I went there.

I'm thinking of selling my soul on eBay. Someone I know tried that; Ebay removed it quickly.

I hear ya. I'm in massive pain myself waiting for an appointment to open up. They are booked solid until November. Chewing on aspirin doesn't taste very good. :(

Why can't we just advance denture science instead? I have so much dental work due after I give birth (including braces in my 30s), I don't even want to think about it...

Sorry everything hit at once. :-\

Don't you need to have a soul in order to sell it? ha... at least you don't think of corbin bersen in that sicko dentist movie. that character makes steve martin's dentist look like mary poppins..

Little Shop of Horrors is a great movie.
Unfortunately, I just realized that it was released SEVENTEEN friggin' years ago!

I'm old...

i'm with ya. i got hit with $2000 worth of carpeting, $800 worth of electric repair and $500 in movers, to get my house on the market; plus $700 in plane tickets to fly up there twice; plus a $500 deductible to fix my car and $600 for the rental, all in two weeks.

we can cry in our tequila later, as long as it's really cheap tequila. i could use the company.

and yes, that is what i always think of when it comes to dentists. shudder

Well, the military tortures me for free when it comes to dentistry but I just had to layout some serious cash for truck repair and then some new webgear and assault sling and etc. Hope you get well and comfortable soon.

In the category of perfect irony, I am for the first time in my life without dental insurance. And, for the first time in a very long time, I can tell I have at least two fillings that need to be replaced (little pieces falling off). With my dentist in Manhattan, I think we'd be looking at around $1500 if they also so a cleaning...

I'm thinking of waiting till I get insurance again or start to feel pain.

eBay won't let you sell your soul online.

Their stated reason is that you can't prove you actually own what you're selling. :)

Some pain is physical.
Some is mental.
One that's both
is dental.
Ogden Nash

Hang in there!

I have had 2 root canals this fall, which took 4 visits to my regular dentist, then 1 to an endodontist. The good news is that only 1 appointment was painful, the other 4 were a breeze. Ask for extra novacaine, put on your head phones and try to ignore what they're doing. It was much easier than I thought it would be. You can also ask for a prescription for pain meds after if you think you'll need it. I have a full bottle of Vicodin here that I never needed to use. Good luck!

Feeling the same way, the only thing that ISN't due is rent...and it's getting close to the holiday-give-a-thon. My budget's so tight you can smell ramen burning from the chafing!

I remember that guy that tried to sell his soul on EBay. If I recall correctly, he got all the way up to $5.15 before they pulled him. Their logic was that if there is a soul, they have a policy against selling living things. If there is no soul, it would be fraud.

Then again, five bucks is five bucks, right?

Michele, if you haven't seen it yet, you can get an actual free quote on the dollar amount your soul is worth at:

http://www.wewantyoursoul.com/quote.php

I hope yours is worth more than mine was :)

these people can tell you what your soul is worth. Just click on the online quote...

Time to write that bestselling novel...

I wish I had dental insurance. My left molar has been hurting off and on for two years.

This summer I had an abscessed molar. The first major dental problem I've ever had. The pain
was excrutiating and I couldn't get to the dentist for two weeks. So Tylenol saved me from losing my sanity. I took two and would be at least able to bear the pain for about 3 - 4 hours
unless I accidently bit down on that tooth. Then
I went through the roof. It was a long two weeks.

When I finally got to the endodontist and had the root canal done, it was heaven. He only hurt me when he gave me the shots in the mouth.
after that I literally could have slept through it. It was bliss to get rid of that pain.

If you're going to try to sell your soul on eBay, you have to have a physical good to go with it. A certificate of aunthenticity or something like that. Or a rock. Something.

Hang in there :/